Delia Locke


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1871. and I could not leave him in the day time, but this evening I have left him with Ada, and attended the meeting with Dr. Howard and Mr. Chester, who took tea here. There was a great crowd of people on the ground, but we had a very poor preacher. His text was good, one of the very best - "Come unto me, all ye that labour," etc. The altar was full of seekers, among whom Mrs. Foster was the first one who went forward. She seemed to be in great agony of mind, as well she might be, but we did not stop any longer, as it was late. Poor woman! I long that she should find peace. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 81.) Aug. 21. Monday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) Aug. 22. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown washed for us today. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 23. Wednesday. John Calvin is still sick and feeble. He has sore throat and slow fever. He takes no nourishment but milk and has grown very thin. I could not leave him to attend the Lodge. Dr. and Ada went, and Mr. Chester joined, but not without opposition on the part of Mr. Harvey, who does not wish to see the Lodge in a prospering condition. He really made it quite unpleasant for Mr. Chester, but we rejoice that he has united with us. The plasterers have commenced to work again today, so we hope this work will soon be over. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Aug. 24. Thursday. I wished and intended to have gone to prayer meeting tonight, but the baby seemed to be worse just at night, and I thought it not best to leave him. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 86.) Aug. 25. Friday. I have been to the store to make purchases and to Mother's and took tea there. This eve there has been a church meeting there - Mr. Chester, Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy, Dr. and myself there, besides Father and Mother. All seemed united to hire Mr. Chester for a year, and the 1871. effort is to be made to raise 800 dollars as his salary. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 87.) Aug. 26. Saturday. Mr. Plummer dined with us. He has left Chico for the present. It looks sad to see him so maimed. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Aug. 27. Sabbath. I have attended meeting today with the others. Mr. Chester preached from the text, "Add to your faith, virtue, and to virtue, knowledge," etc. This eve he has preached from the history of Joseph. He proposes to take some Bible character for a subject of discourse each Sunday evening. The weather is very sultry and oppressive. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 87.) Aug. 28. Monday. Sultry. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) Aug. 29. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown washed for us today. Susie called here a short time this forenoon. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 84.) Aug. 30. Wednesday. We have attended the Lodge this evening. At recess, there came a loud rap as the outer door which being answered, proved to be William Brook, seeking admission to our Order once more. He has become so enslaved to intoxicating drink, that he feels there is no hope for him but in the pledge of total abstinence. He was not free from liquor, but begged so hard to be admitted, that we could not refuse him, though we had been through with the initiation ceremony once in the case of Lee Green. So he was initiated by obligation. It must rejoice his wife that he has taken the pledge again, for she has been nearly crazy about his drinking so much. I found a beautiful quotation from Barrow in my reading today. I cannot recall it entire, but it is something like this. As bodily respiration goes on uninterrupted, while we engage in all the different occupations of life: so may that breathing after God, which keeps alive our spiritual nature, still be kept up, even while we are engaged in our ordinary duties and avocations. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.)

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January 1871

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